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Mr Jaitley indulging in travesty of facts & trivialization of farmers’ issues: Cong on Jaitley's response to Rahul's speech

A war of words ensued between the Congress and the BJP after Congress president Rahul Gandhi charged the NDA of waiving off loans of top industrialists but failing to waive off loans of farmers. After Union Minister Arun Jaitley questioned the knowledge of Mr Gandhi on the issue and termed the points made in his speech at Mandsaur as ‘factually false’, the Congress charged the Minister of indulging in a

Government committed to protect interests of farmers:Nitish

Bihar Chief Miniser Nitish Kumar today said the state government had decided to launch the scheme of giving financial assistance to farmers against the damage caused to their crops in natural calamities like floods,droughts and circumstance created by other factors. Mr Kumar while addressing a function organised here, said that under national crop insurance scheme, state and Central government were required to pay premium for insurance of crops while farmers

UNHR chief condemns killing of drug offenders' in Bangladesh

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the alleged extra-judical killings of suspected drug offenders in Bangladesh and urged the authorities to ensure that these serious human rights violations were immediately halted and perpetrators brought to justice. Some 130 people have reportedly been shot dead by security forces across Bangladesh in three weeks since May 15 and another 13,000 were arrested. The killings began

Myanmar, UN sign pact on initial steps for Rohingyas' return

Myanmar and UN agencies signed an agreement on Wednesday, which might eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims, who fled the brutal persecution by the country’s security forces and are now crowded into the makeshift camps of Bangladesh. The Memorandum of Understanding promises to establish a ‘framework of cooperation, which aims to create the conditions for voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya refugees’.

Putin expects sanctions against Russia will be gradually removed

Sanctions are harmful to the global economy, and more countries are coming to understand that, so sanctions will be removed with time as relations between Moscow and Washington improve, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. “I believe that common sense will eventually prevail and all the illegal restrictions, which are harmful for the development of the global economy, will be removed with time, while we will be able to

China launches meteorological satellite to benefit Belt and Road countries

China has launched the new Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite to provide better meteorological services to countries participating in its Belt and Road Initiative. The Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite, carried by a Long March-3A rocket, was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on Tuesday. It was the 277th mission of the Long March rocket series. A geostationary orbit satellite, Fengyun-2H is the last in the Fengyun-2 series.The

Maternal death toll exceeds tropical diseases in West Africa

Number of maternal deaths in the region is bigger than that of all tropical diseases combined, including malaria and tuberculosis, a West African Health Organisation (WAHO) report has stated. As many as 14 countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with the exception of Cape Verde, reported a total of 5,084 maternal deaths in health care settings, Director of Planning, Research and Health Information at WAHO, Salifou

SC issues notice to Musharraf in NRO case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf seeking recovery of huge losses Pakistan had to incur following the promulgation of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in 2007. The NRO, passed by Musharraf in 2007, granted amnesty to politicians and other individuals by quashing various corruption and criminal cases against them. The notice will be published in two newspapers, circulated in the United Arab Emirate

Asghar Khan case: hearing posted till June 12 as Nawaz Sharif fails to appear in court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred till June 12, the hearing of the Asghar Khan case after earlier ordering deposed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to appear before the three-member bench in an hour. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar was informed by the attorney journal that Mr Sharif was present at the accountability court and was unable to attend the apex court’s hearing, a report in The Express Tribune said. Notices

Ecuador Foreign Minister elected next UNGA President

The United Nations General Assembly has elected Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, as President of its upcoming 73rd session. Ms Espinosa is the only the fourth woman to hold that position in the history of the world body, and the first since 2006, a UN statement said on Tuesday. She bagged 128 votes against 62 votes secured by the only other candidate, UN , who will assume the